ESTACADA, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A state arson investigator was called to the scene of a three-alarm fire that destroyed a 100-year-old building in Estacada in the early hours of Saturday.
The building housing Bailey’s Pub and Grub and the Currinsville Store was up in flames just after midnight Saturday morning, officials said. The fire was so intense crews needed a defensive approach and fought the fire from outside the building at 28424 SE Eagle Creek.
Crews from Boring, Sandy, Colton and the Clackamas Fire District also helped in the fight.
The businesses are owned by Pam Bradley and Janet Ritz, who turned their dream of opening a restaurant to reality in March.
Now they are shocked and numb over what happened.
Resident Aaron Romine said Bradley and Ritz “have been wonderful.”
Neighbor Sonja Harkness said it is sad to see a community gathering place with 100 years of history go.
“It sat vacant for a while a few years the ladies took over and they’ve been rebuilding and making sure they’re building a good establishment,” said Harkness.
But they’ve had their problems with break-ins. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said there was an attempted break-in just four days ago.
Caralyn Aimee, who works at Bailey’s Pub and Grub, said deputies pointed to a burn mark several weeks ago during another break-in.
Employees told KOIN 6 News Friday night was a good night. A local singer performed and they closed at 10 p.m.
What happened after that is unclear.
An Oregon State Police detective from the arson and explosives section responded to help with the investigtion. The fire marshal will be arrive early next week to continue the investigation.